Monday, April 24, 2017

Love, Creativity, and YOU! A Simple Way to Real Joy

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for 
something that will outlast it."
William James

Simple, to the point: The quickest ways to the creative and joyous life…

Release regret. Throw guilt into the fire! It serves neither you nor the world. No matter what your mother, teacher, or your church said...or says.

Never be needy. You really don't want to cling or grasp or demand attention—surefire ways to nip creativity and joy in the bud! Self respect demands the end of such annoying habits. And they are indeed annoying. Ask anyone! 

Live generously. Everyone wins, including and especially you! And as you already know, what goes around, comes around. Generosity is a superbly strong energy.

These creative practices take your decision first, plus practice, add courage. A great recipe for the creative life. The generous life. The joy and love filled life. 

After all, that's really what you want most. Right?

A special exercise, if you choose to participate:
Carry five pennies with you at all times. Every time you do something generous, no matter how seemly small or insignificant, take a penny from one place on your person and place it in another. Make it a game. See how many pennies you've moved during the course of your day. If you move all five, add two more tomorrow. Eventually, generosity will become your way of life, a very good habit. And miracles occur.

The main point of the exercise is to help you to establish a consciousness of generosity. The more of us who live from a generous place, the better off the world will be. 

You can be the change (no pun!) you want to see in the world.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adversity: Bad Luck or Flowering Gift?

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker
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Adversity can be of great value...if you choose to see it that way!

“There are two great days in a person’s life: the day
we are born and the day we discover why.”
William Barclay
(Scottish theologian and author 1907-78)

Trying to find the gift in the adversity can be like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Seeing the adversity AS the Gift takes away the guesswork. Remember that we are as blind in all light as in all darkness. Contrast is what makes this journey called Life worth traveling, worth enjoying, worth living! Scary…but necessary. 

What the Gift of Adversity produces when you accept it consciously:

  • Intensified Courage, which leads to your ability to increase risk, which in turn leads to increased opportunity
  • Refined Patience, which gives you the power to become more centered, to consider the next step
  • Resilience and Resolve, which allows you to take the next step without giving in to any residual fear
Whenever you see adversity as an enemy, or a punishment, or a curse, the true value of that adversity is missed, covered over, blotted out. Developing the chosen habit of seeing all adversity as gifts will allow you to move through life with more ease, more energy, and more gratitude. 

Life is full of lessons and the lessons will be repeated until learned.

“You learn nothing from your successes except to think too much of yourself. It is from failure [and adversity] that all growth comes, provided you can recognize it, admit it, learn from it, rise above it, and then [start] again.”Dee Hock, founder, Visa International

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Wanted: Many Dead Americans

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Describing an American is not so easy...
Here’s a bit of information you probably missed in the pile of news you’re hit with daily. There was a report that someone in Pakistan had placed a notice in the newspaper of an offer to reward anyone who killed an American—any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)
”An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.
An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America, they are free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God [if there is a god], not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to Receive Your Abundance By Not Blocking the Way

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Abundance in view!

“Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.”
Leo Rosten

Abundance: A state of mind in which you are intrinsically creative. You are inherently confident that your basic needs are, and will be, met. Your inner worth is independent of your outer possessions. You recognize that the universe is abundant. You know you are an expression of Spirit.*

How to receive:

  • Commit to the abundance mindset.
  • Accept that change is necessary for anything new to enter your life.
  • Take time to reflect on what you already possess materially, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
The process:

Become a selfish giver.** Gratitude is not just a feeling; it’s a practice. On a daily basis, take an inventory of your life. Even if you’re going through a rough period, recognize the blessings you have been given. 

Clean the clutter from your life. Clean your car, your closets, attic, basement, drawers, etc. and recycle all that material to the benefit of others.

Give something to someone every day. Why? This is a practice. It creates a mindset and an energy. Ultimately, it becomes a habit. And so does the Return!

The guarantee:

You can't out-give the universe. So, expect a return. Look for it; even set it up (Use mental rehearsal). The more you receive, the more you will be convinced of the benevolence of Spirit. And you can turn around and share again. 

Open your mind to a continual cycle of giving and receiving and watch the flow. Your whole spiritual journey will be empowered. You will begin to find a sense of peace. And that peace will make a big dent in the AWA, the Angry World Attitude.

“The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.”
Napoleon Hill

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*Paraphrased from The Ten Commitments by David Simon, 2006

**Giving and tithing are NOT the same. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Overcoming the REAL Devil: How to Be the Master of Your Life

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

“There is only one time when it is essential to 
awaken. That time is now.”
The Buddha

Observation is simple. Not easy, necessarily, but simple. 

When you don’t pay attention, you can miss out on many your work, your relationships, your chances to be of service, to help change the world, and to enhance your personal journey. 

Seeing beyond the obvious takes practice. And it takes commitment. There is a major payoff, but you must be willing to see it.

The Story:

Is there a devil? Lucifer? Satan? Beelzebub? According the traditionalists, there is. It seems Satan was God’s right hand man. He got too big for his red britches, got kicked out of heaven (along with those bad angels who followed him), and, in retaliation, tempted God’s new creatures, the Humans, in the Garden of Eden. He got them kicked out of the Garden for disobedience—Original Sin—and became the Ruler of Hell. In his anger, he made it clear that he would do his best to take as many people to hell with him as he could. 

According to the story, he’s still at it. If you look, you can see his dealings, right?

The Lesson:

So, is there really a devil? Yes, but he is not the devil of myth and legend like Lucifer. He is much more cunning, clever, and sinister than Satan. He lives at the edges of your awareness. He knows how to keep you in fear, depression, anger, and confusion. He acts like he’s your best friend. He may be. He is indeed God’s right hand man, so to speak. He is what provides you with your power to choose. He is Free Will—both a gift and a curse. 

Your job, then, is to learn how to use the gift and tame the curse. You have to watch him closely. Here’s how:

The Practice:

Do no harm, help where you can. Simple, yes. Easy? Hardly. To practice this with expertise is called Enlightenment, Awakening, the Kingdom Within. But the journey is worth it.

Here’s the Challenge: Listen. Truly listen. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give. It serves the other and it serves you. Learning to listen with heart and mind is the first step to awakening. If you elect to take the Challenge, your work is cut out for you. And the dividends are beyond your present imagination! Guaranteed.

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.”
Thomas Huxley

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